Patriots React To Team Captain Devin McCourty Retirement

The New England Patriots will no longer rely on Devin McCourty as he has just announced his retirement. Head coach Bill Belichick lost one of his better players. McCourty made a decision and it’s now official.

McCourty spent 13 seasons in the NFL and did his best to help his team win. Now is the perfect time to say ‘goodbye’ and McCourty shared his last message as a Patriots player.

“Unbelievable ride, man,” McCourty said on Instagram. “I think it’s always tough to kind of come to the end, as you know. This offseason has been so much back and forth for me mentally. … But ultimately, I think this is the best decision for me, for my family, for my career, for me to be able to now look back at my 13 years and just enjoy it.”

Former Patriots wideout Julian Edelman was among the first to react to McCourty’s retirement. The McCourty twin was one of the better players in New England and he sure set a good example for his younger players. He finished his career with 35 interceptions, 110 passes defended, seven fumble recoveries, 971 tackles, and three touchdowns. McCourty made two Pro Bowls and won three rings during his time in the NFL.

“My brother. Always led by example,” Edelman wrote. “On the field, off it, wherever he was, DMac was always who we looked to. Love ya bubs, congrats on a legendary career.”

Quarterback Mac Jones congratulated McCourty and praised his great career.

Team owner Robert Kraft reacts to Devin McCourty retirement

Kraft appreciates great players and McCourty was definitely one of a kind.

“As a Patriots fan, it’s always bittersweet to see such an iconic player announce his retirement, but I couldn’t be happier for Devin, Michelle, and the McCourty family or more thankful to his mother, Phyllis,” said Kraft. “Through his individual performance and overall leadership, Devin has been such an important part of the success we have enjoyed over the past 13 seasons, including each of our last three Super Bowl championships. As great as his contributions were on the field, he made an even greater impact in the community, taking a leadership role in his advocacy for finding a cure for sickle cell anemia, effecting legislative change for criminal justice reform, and championing countless other educational and economical advancement initiatives. We couldn’t have asked for a better leader and ambassador, both on and off the field.”